I had a surprising thought the other day when I was thinking about a nun I used to know and how and when saints can intercede for us.
It is conceivable that even the holiest saints may have died with venial sin on their soul… or still had to pay reparation in Purgatory for past sins. Under such circumstances they would not be able to intercede for us while they remained in Purgatory. Made me think that we should also remember (prospective) saints when we pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory… and not just the most neglected souls. Perhaps some holy souls have had delayed canonizations because they are actually still in Purgatory and can’t pray to God for miracles for us?
So I ponder, do some saints also have to go to Purgatory?
I’m really sincere about this. I got the thought when I was directing a prayer for intercession to a wonderful nun (Sister M. Fabian Walsh R.S.M.) I met in the late 1990s. She passed away in 2004. I suddenly thought what if she’s needing my prayers to get out of Purgatory? So I have been praying for her but at the same time I feel guilty for even thinking she might be in Purgatory.